Council for Human Services
The Council for Human Services (CHS) was established by a vote of Article 93 at the 1987 Annual Town Meeting. The bylaw for the CHS (Chapter 12 of the Code of the Town of Nantucket) was amended at the 2011 Annual Town Meeting (Article 68) as follows:
§12.1. Establishment; purpose.
There is hereby established a Council for Human Services which shall make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and Town Administration regarding the provision of human services in a manner which can best serve the residents of Nantucket, and the coordination of the efforts of existing service organizations.
§12.2. Membership; terms; vacancies.
The Council shall consist of nine Nantucket residents who shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms; provided, however, that three of the initial appointments shall be for a term of one year, three for a term of two years and three for a term of three years. The term of office shall be based on a year commencing on July 1 of each calendar year. Vacancies occurring in any position during a term shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment. Each Member of the Council serving at the time of the passage of this chapter shall remain in office until the end of his or her term and until the Board of Selectmen appoints a successor member. All members of the Council for Human Services shall be in full compliance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 268A.
§12.3. Duties of Council for Human Services.
The Council shall:
- Develop and adopt policies for its operation and for the operation of the Contract Review Subcommittee. Such policies may, from time to time be amended by the Council. In developing and amending such policies, the Council shall work with the Director of the Department of Human Services. Such policies of the Council may address the activities of the Council which may include without limitation the following:
- Conducting studies and making recommendations to Town Administration and to the Board of Selectmen on efficient and cost effective methods for coordination and delivery of necessary human services;
- Conducting public hearings to assess the human services needs for the health and welfare of the residents of the Town of Nantucket and making reports and recommendations based upon such public input;
- Reviewing and reporting on proposed federal and state legislation and regulations that may impact the human services needs of the Town residents
- Encourage and facilitate voluntary participation of Council members and other members of the community in projects, events, programs and other ongoing activities that promote the health and welfare of the residents of the Town of Nantucket.
- Undertake such other work as requested by the Board of Selectmen, Town Administration and the Director of Human Services.